Are you going to buy a shovel of pádel and you don't know how to choose it? Sometimes that buying process can be easy because of the feeling you have with a brand, but other times it can be an arduous task. Next we are going to tell you some factors you should pay attention to when you go to buy a shovel pádel.
Important factors to choose shovel pádel
From this web we will provide you 10 factors to take into account when choosing a shovel pádel:
It can be one of the most important factors to consider. The lower the weight, the greater the feeling of lightness and therefore of control, on the other hand, the greater the weight we lose control, but we gain in power. The weight for women usually ranges between 355 to 370 grams and that of men from 370 to 385 grams approximately. However, it is convenient not to forget the number of grips / overgrips that we use or if we use a protector in the frame of the blade, since between both things it can suppose an additional 20 grams.
As we talked a long time ago we can find three types of shapes on the blades pádel:
- The shovels shaped like Diamond They have more power and less control. With a high balance, these blades are more oriented to experienced players.
- Those that have the form of tear They have a balance between power and control. Its balance is usually balanced or somewhat oriented towards the tip. This type of form is more oriented to an intermediate-advanced player.
- The shaped blades Round They have more control and little power. Its sweet spot is in the center of the blade and they have low balance. It is the most suitable type of shovel for players of initiation.
Blade core: EVA or FOAM
The core of the blade can be of two types of rubber: EVA o FOAM. The EVA rubber it is hard, has more durability and gives a greater hitting sensation. The FOAM rubber, unlike EVA rubber, It is soft and has less durability, in addition to an excellent ball output characterized by the strong sound it emits. In this article We talk more openly about the differences between both types of rubbers.
The balance of the blade is linked to the shape of the blade. If you take the shovel through the center and see that it tends toward the head, it has high balance and if it tends toward the handle is that it has low balance. A shovel with high balance suppose greater power and less control, while a shovel with low balance will more control. If you want to know more about it you can read this article in which we talk about the importance of balance in the shovel of pádel.
According to the current regulations, a shovel should not be thicker than 38 mm, this being the most common thickness found in today's blades. Therefore, make sure that the blade has this thickness and dwell more on the other factors.
Frequency of play
When buying a shovel pádel Knowing the number of times you usually play a week is important. If you train, play games with friends and compete it is worth buying a good shovel, but if on the contrary you play occasionally it is not necessary to spend so much money, it is logical. The more hours you spend on a track pádel the better should be the material you use.
Test before you buy
The best advice you can get. Before buying a shovel we strongly recommend that you try it out. Many stores, like Padel Our for example, they have some test blades so if they have that model in which you are interested, do not hesitate to try it before buying it. Or even if you have a friend who has the shovel you are thinking of buying, do not hesitate and ask him to lend it to you.
The economic aspect will of course influence the shovel that you are going to buy. The ideal thing is to buy a racket that has a great value for money, but there are times when it is convenient to spend a little more money for the durability that the racket offers you. It is true that it is outrageous to spend € 200 on a shovel, but if it lasts for more than a year it is already a very good purchase. However, if you are a player who is starting to play, it will be better for you to buy a cheap shovel (€ 50) and when you get better, look for a better shovel.
Look for opinions or articles about shovels
If you do not have much idea of which shovel to buy, search on pádel specialized. On our website for example we have a section where we talk about shovels pádel of the main brands. There are also forums where you can read opinions and recommendations from players like you. In these sites you will be able to know which blades are best valued by users, which will help you decide for yours. As an example one of the best forums of pádel that you can find on the net is forumpadel.
In the following video we can receive advice from a great of the pádel as Gaby Reca:
Here it depends on each one. Is it preferable to save money by buying a shovel from a third party or pay its price by buying it in a store that offers you after-sales service? Also keep in mind that not all brands will respond in the same way when your shovel something happens (you skip the paint, you get a crack, etc.).
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